THE Mareeba Gladiators’ upcoming 2020 season continues to show plenty of promise after they announced the signing of Codey Kennedy.
Kennedy, 24, has been applying his trade in the Brisbane rugby league competition for the past few seasons – however he has made the decision to come back north.
“I last played in the Cairns District Rugby League competition in 2015, and I can’t wait to get back into it,” he said.
“When I last played in Cairns I was playing for Ivanhoes where we went down to Innisfail in the grand final – it’s a strong competition and I’m interested to see how it’s progressed since I’ve been gone.”
Kennedy will join a number of past Ivanhoes players, two of which he shared the field with in 2015.
“I’m really looking forward to playing with Trent (Barnard) and Marv (Marvin Toko) again, they’re two of my closest mates and I enjoyed my time playing with them a few years ago,” he said.
“Hopefully we can regain some of that chemistry on the field and have a successful season.”
Kennedy played on the wing in his stint with Ivanhoes, however has made the switch to the second row in recent years, and he is looking to lead from the front when donning the Gladiator green and gold next season.
“I have put on some size since I last played in the CDRL, so it’ll be good to be one of Marv’s second row partners next year,” he said.
“I’m looking to bring a bit of class and experience to what is a young squad and the opportunity to play under Trent is one I’m excited about.”
With the preseason rapidly approaching, the moves the Gladiators continue to make under their captain-coach Trent Barnard and new club president Bevan Carroll is great for the prosperity of the Mareeba-based club moving forward.